IBM launches solutions to meet mobile and cloud access demands

News by Dan Raywood

IBM has announced the launch of new products and services to address three of the key 'mega trends' - Big Data, mobile and cloud computing.

IBM has announced the launch of new products and services to address three of the key ‘mega trends' - Big Data, mobile and cloud computing.

With a firm interest in access and data security, the company has launched four solutions including mobile access, endpoint management for mobile devices, cloud access and ‘smart cloud' for patch management.

Speaking to SC Magazine, Darren Argyle, global security solutions leader at IBM, said that data security was the way the company was working today having recognised the challenge the need to define it.

He said: “What this new range of products is about it trying to address key challenges and mega trends with solutions that are not only needed, but integrate also. A collaborative framework that brings things together.”

Utilising technology acquired in recent years from Guardium and Big Fix, the solutions are focused on data security and access, and mark the largest set of security software capabilities announced to date by IBM.

The mobile authentication product is centred around integrating access management into mobile application development and deployment and enhanced mobile device control. Argyle said that this was about addressing the malware and data threat for applications and managing user access.

Also launched is a comprehensive Mobile Security Framework to help organisations protect data on the device, at the access gateway and on the applications.

For cloud access, IBM has announced security portfolio enhancements specifically to meet those challenges, including providing improved visibility, increased levels of automation and patch management to help demonstrate compliance, prevent unauthorised access and defend against the latest threats using advanced security intelligence.

Its SmartCloud for Patch Management solution manages patches automatically, regardless of location. Also the addition of its security intelligence threat platform with the QRadar technology, a unified architecture for collecting, storing, analysing and querying log, threat, vulnerability and security related data, will provide deep insight into the cloud to enable risk-aware business decisions.

Also in this space, IBM has announced new and enhanced identity and access management solutions, including the IBM Security Privileged Identity Manager to proactively address insider threat concerns and help demonstrate compliance across the organisation and IBM Security Access Manager for Cloud and Mobile, for risk-based access control to cloud applications from mobile devices.

Finally the InfoSphere Guardium provides real time monitoring and automated compliance reporting for Hadoop-based systems, such as InfoSphere BigInsights and Cloudera. It said that built-in audit reporting can be used to generate compliance reports and organisations can also automate the detection of database vulnerabilities and suggest prioritised remedial actions. In addition, IBM offers data masking to de-identify sensitive data as it moves into and out of big data systems.

Argyle said: “It is about bringing together security intelligence. We see it is as a key between different products to bring them together, generate actionable evidence and give forensic analysis.”

Asked about the new range, Argyle said it was not just a new suite, but a range that integrates well. “If you produce products in isolation, integration is not possible, so we looked at the data and where is resides and applied intelligence into a single pane of glass,” he said.

“We have a good understanding about protecting data across multi-perimeter and big enterprises to secure products to give security intelligence on where the highest risks are in the environment to protect against new threats.”


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